Septic System Services in the Greater Knoxville Area

Septic System Services

Septic Tank Pumping

Per EPA recommendations, your septic tank should be pumped every 3-5 years. Our septic team is ready to keep your system clean and running smoothly to ensure your home can drain efficiently.

Septic Tank Location

If you're not sure where your septic tank is, our specialists will help you locate your tank and prepare it for successful, economical maintenance in the future.

Septic System Repairs

Your septic system utilizes multiple phases to handle the wastewater from your home, and these sections are susceptible to disrepair throughout it's lifespan. If your home doesn't seem to be draining properly, but pumping your tank hasn't solved the problem, our septic experts are ready to help you get to the bottom of the issue.

Septic System Q&A

Where should a septic tank be buried?

When selecting a location to bury a septic tank, there are several important factors to consider. The tank should be at least 10 feet away from the house foundation and accessible for maintenance and pumping. The soil should have suitable drainage properties, and the area should have a gentle slope to facilitate the natural flow of wastewater. Avoid flood-prone areas and maintain a safe distance from water sources to prevent contamination. Adhering to local regulations and obtaining necessary permits is also essential. For expert guidance and assistance with your septic tank installation, contact our team at Tennessee Standard Plumbing.

What is the average life of a septic system?

The average lifespan of a septic system varies depending on factors such as usage, maintenance, and environmental conditions. A well-maintained septic system can last between 20 to 30 years or even longer. However, neglecting routine maintenance, overloading the system, or using inappropriate materials can significantly reduce its lifespan. To ensure your septic system remains in good working condition, schedule regular inspections and maintenance with Tennessee Standard Plumbing, where our experienced professionals can help prolong the life of your system.

Are septic systems bad for the environment?

When properly designed, installed, and maintained, septic systems are not inherently bad for the environment. They effectively treat and dispose of wastewater, breaking down organic matter and pathogens through natural processes. However, if a septic system fails or is poorly maintained, it can lead to groundwater contamination, surface water pollution, and even harm local ecosystems. This is why regular inspections, pumping, and maintenance are crucial to ensure the system functions correctly. At Tennessee Standard Plumbing, our experienced professionals can help you keep your septic system in optimal condition, minimizing any potential negative impact on the environment.

Are there any chemicals that should not go into my septic system?

Yes, certain chemicals should not be introduced into your septic system, as they can disrupt the natural processes that break down waste or even cause damage to the system. Some chemicals to avoid include:

  1. Harsh cleaning agents: Strong chemicals like bleach, ammonia, and drain cleaners can kill the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, hindering the waste breakdown process.
  2. Pesticides and herbicides: These chemicals can contaminate the groundwater if they enter the septic system.
  3. Automotive fluids: Oil, antifreeze, and gasoline can damage the septic system and contaminate the soil and groundwater.
  4. Paints and solvents: Disposing of paint, paint thinner, or other solvents can harm the septic system and cause environmental pollution.

Additionally, avoid flushing non-biodegradable materials such as wipes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers, as they can clog the system. To ensure your septic system remains in good working condition, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and proper disposal methods for harmful chemicals. For professional septic system maintenance and advice, contact Tennessee Standard Plumbing.

Can septic systems be repaired?

Yes, septic systems can be repaired depending on the nature and extent of the issue. Common problems that may require repair include clogs, leaks, damaged pipes, or malfunctioning components. In some cases, simple repairs like unclogging a pipe or replacing a broken part can resolve the issue. However, more complex problems, such as extensive damage to the drain field or tank, may necessitate more significant repairs or even a complete system replacement.

It's crucial to address septic system issues promptly to prevent further damage and potential environmental contamination. If you suspect your septic system needs repair, contact Tennessee Standard Plumbing. Our experienced professionals can assess your system, identify the problem, and recommend the most appropriate course of action to restore it to optimal functioning.

How frequently should we pump our septic system?

The frequency at which you should pump your septic system depends on factors such as the size of your tank, the number of people living in your household, and the amount of water usage. The EPA recommends pumping your septic tank every 3 to 5 years. However, larger households or those with heavy water usage may require more frequent pumping.

To determine the optimal pumping schedule for your specific situation, consult with a professional septic service provider. At Tennessee Standard Plumbing, our experienced technicians can evaluate your system and provide recommendations based on your unique needs. Regular pumping and maintenance are essential to keeping your septic system functioning efficiently and preventing costly repairs or system failure in the long run.

I'm moving into a home with a septic system - anything I should do/know?

When moving into a home with a septic system, it's essential to familiarize yourself with proper maintenance practices:

  1. Request septic system records from the previous owner to understand its history and condition.
  2. Schedule a professional inspection with a company like Tennessee Standard Plumbing to identify potential issues.
  3. Learn the system's layout, including the location of the tank and drain field, to avoid accidental damage.
  4. Avoid using harsh chemicals that can disrupt the waste breakdown process and dispose of waste properly.

By following these key guidelines and staying vigilant about septic system care, you can ensure its proper functioning, prolong its lifespan, and avoid costly repairs.

My septic system only seems to have problems when it rains - what's going on?

If your septic system experiences issues during or after heavy rainfall, it could be due to a few factors:

  1. High groundwater levels: Excessive rain can cause groundwater levels to rise, saturating the drain field and reducing its ability to absorb and filter effluent from the septic tank. This can result in slow-draining fixtures, sewage backups, or standing water near the drain field.
  2. Poorly graded land: If the land around your septic system doesn't slope away properly, rainwater may pool near the tank or drain field, causing similar issues as high groundwater levels.
  3. Inadequate system design or installation: If your septic system was poorly designed or installed, it may be more susceptible to problems during heavy rain.
  4. Tank or pipe leaks: Rainwater can infiltrate your septic system through cracks or leaks in the tank or pipes, leading to overloading or malfunctioning.

To address these issues and prevent further problems, consult a professional septic service provider like Tennessee Standard Plumbing. Our experienced technicians can assess your system, identify the cause of the issues, and recommend the most effective solutions to ensure proper functioning and avoid potential damage during rainy weather.

Should I have my septic system inspected/serviced annually?

While it may not be necessary to have your septic system inspected or serviced annually, a regular inspection and maintenance schedule is crucial to ensure its optimal performance and longevity. Generally, it is recommended to have your septic system inspected every 3 to 5 years, depending on factors like tank size, household size, and water usage.

However, if you notice any signs of septic system issues, such as slow drains, sewage backups, or foul odors, it's essential to schedule an inspection immediately. Regular inspections help identify potential problems early, allowing for timely repairs and preventing costly system failures.

At Tennessee Standard Plumbing, our experienced professionals can help you determine the most suitable inspection and maintenance schedule based on your specific needs and system requirements. Following a regular maintenance plan will help ensure the efficient functioning of your septic system and prolong its lifespan.

What are signs that my septic system is having issues?

Recognizing the signs of a malfunctioning septic system is crucial to addressing issues before they worsen. Here are some common indicators that your septic system may be having problems:

  1. Slow drains: If sinks, tubs, or toilets are draining slowly, it could indicate a blockage in the system or an overloaded tank.
  2. Sewage backups: Sewage backing up into your home is a clear sign of a septic system issue, possibly due to clogs or a full tank.
  3. Foul odors: Unpleasant smells around your property, especially near the tank or drain field, may signal system failure or leaks.
  4. Lush, green grass: If the grass over your drain field is unusually green and lush compared to the rest of your lawn, it could indicate excessive effluent seeping into the soil.
  5. Standing water: Puddles or wet spots near the tank or drain field can be a sign of system overflow or a compromised drain field.
  6. Gurgling Toilets & Drains: When a septic system is not draining properly, it causes back pressure when toilet are flushed inside the home, sometimes causing toilets to gurgle and even blow air bubbles when other fixtures are running.

If you notice any of these signs, it's essential to consult a professional septic service provider like Tennessee Standard Plumbing. Our experienced technicians can assess your system, identify the cause of the issues, and recommend appropriate solutions to restore proper functioning and prevent further damage.

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